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by Mike Breen 03.10.2015 46 days ago
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Bad Veins Prepare for 'The Mess Remade' Release

Cincy Indie Rock duo reconfigures its 2012 sophomore album and lands a new label home

On Tuesday, March 17, Cincinnati duo Bad Veins will see its latest album, The Mess Remade, released nationally. The 13-track effort isn't an entirely "new" album, but a re-recorded/remastered version of Bad Veins' sophomore full-length, The Mess We've Made, which came out in 2012 on the Modern Outsider label. The record — which features new cover art, as well — comes after some big changes in lead Vein Benjamin Davis' band — the departure of original drummer Sebastien Schultz (who now plays with local Indie Pop group Multimagic), the addition of new drummer Jake Bonta and a new label home, the third nationally-distributed label in Bad Veins' lifespan (its self-titled debut was released on Dangerbird Records). The Mess Remade is being released on the Dynamite Music imprint, a new company founded by Marco Liuzzo and Mitch Davis (son of music biz legend Clive Davis). The label is partnered with Caroline, which is part of Capitol Records and Universal Music Distribution. Bad Veins are the company's second announced signees, following Pop singer Ryan Cabrera. The Mess Remade includes two new tracks, "I Shut My Heart Down" and a cover of The Muppets' classic "Rainbow Connection" (Davis performed the song solo to open the 2013 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony). The early release of "Rainbow Connection" in January and last month's puppet-filled music video release (premiered at The AV Club) caught some buzz online. The album also features a shorter "radio edit" of the leadoff track "Kindness," as well as the original 5-minutes-plus version. Here is a video clip for the new "Kindness":And here's the "Rainbow Connection" clip:Noisetrade.com has a four-track sampler of Remade available here if you can't wait a week.Find more about Bad Veins here.
 
 
by Nick Grever 03.09.2015 47 days ago
Posted In: Local Music, Music News at 10:08 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Beyond Idol Chatter: Career Goals Well Within Reach

Cincy's Jess Lamb talks American Idol ‘controversy’ and myriad projects on the horizon

Jess Lamb’s initial performance for the judges on American Idol’s bus tour was undeniably a show stopper. It wrapped up the episode and introduced America to one of Cincinnati’s brightest talents, while also moving her on to the Hollywood round after impressing the judges. Her second televised appearance, a group rendition of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” was considered one of the stronger performances of the Idol Groups round.  That is why it shocked many viewers when she was quietly cut from the show after the performance.  Allegations quickly followed blaming Lamb’s cut on comments that Jennifer Lopez had made regarding the age of some of the contestants, due to Lamb being one of the older performers in the competition (she is only 29). If there’s anything that Lamb would like to set straight it is this: Don’t believe everything you hear. And this is far from the end of the road for her. “Honestly, I got nothing but really awesome comments from [Lopez]. No bad comments, nothing,” Lamb explains. Lamb is still unsure as to exactly why she didn’t move on to the next round — American Idol never provided her with a reason — but she does not believe that it was Lopez’s comments or her age that caused the cut. Lamb frequently questioned the editing of the episode and the presentation of Lopez’s comments while discussing the episode and the ensuing fallout. While the cut was undeniably a blow to Lamb, it is one she is quickly recovering from. In fact, when the episode aired, she wasn’t even able to watch because she was working on one of her myriad new projects at the time. “I’m busier since Idol than I ever have been. I’m working with Bootsy [Collins], writing with his backup singer, talking with his wife about a project she wants me to work on, preparing for [record label] showcases,” Lamb says. While Idol’s promised record contract is now out of reach, that hasn’t slowed down Lamb’s work towards her goal of signing with a label and releasing a full-length album. In fact, Idol gave her the exposure that she needed to land on the radar of several big names within the Pop music community. “Grammy-award winner” is descriptor not often connected to people working with local music acts, but it applies in this instance. (Lamb can’t divulge too much information about certain facets of her industry interactions, so vague hints will have to do for now.) Details are still being discussed and Lamb is still under Idol’s contractual obligations restricting her from signing with any labels before the show is over and a set period of time has passed since its finale. But Lamb is making the best of the time between now and May. “I’m just trying to do what I’m legally able to do,” Lamb says. While American Idol continues its search for the next American pop star, Lamb is determined to grow her career using many of the tools that she’s been using for years. She’s constantly attempting to break into new markets, make music with new people and perform for new audiences. The only difference is that she now has a national TV show appearance to help with promotion and publicity. The details of her release from American Idol may be shrouded in a bit of controversy, but ultimately what will endure are her fans’ memories of her performances. It is those memories that will be reignited once American Idol runs its course and Lamb is able to finally take the steps she’s been feverishly working towards putting in place. And with several months till Idol’s run completes, Lamb has plenty of time to make some very big plans. Nick Grever’s Beyond Idol Chatter blogs follow the post-American Idol activities, career moves and achievements of Cincinnati vocalist Jess Lamb. 
 
 

Honey & Houston Release ‘Barcelona’

Plus, Freekbass signs to Ropeadope, natihiphop.com launches and the Bunbury Music Festival reveals 2015 lineup

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Americana/Folk/Country group Honey & Houston releases its stunning debut album, Barcelona. Plus, Freekbass signs to Ropeadope Records, local Hip Hop music blog natihiphop.com celebrates its launch and the Bunbury Music Festival reveals its 2015 lineup.  

Local Musicians Unite for Paralyzed Friend

Plus, news on The Fairmount Girls, Blue Wisp Big Band, Dallas Moore and more

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Friends unite for a benefit concert to help Brett Walls, who is suffering from a rare condition called "Locked-In Syndrome." Plus, The Fairmount Girls put on a "retrospective" show, the Blue Wisp Big Band moves to the Pirate's Den, Dallas Moore releases his latest album and Findlay Market celebrates Mardi Gras.  

Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Honor Local Music for 18th Year

Wussy (and local music in general) win big at the 2015 CEAs

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2015
It was another great celebration of the Greater Cincinnati music scene Sunday, Jan. 25 at Covington’s Madison Theater as CityBeat presented the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for the 18th straight year.   

It’s Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Time

Plus, friends celebrate the life of pioneering promoter Bill Leist, Multimagic debuts new lineup and local bands duke it out on the billiards table

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The 18th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards return this Sunday at Covington's Madison Theater. Plus, friends celebrate the life of pioneering concert promoter Bill Leist, Multimagic debuts new lineup and four local bands duke it out on the billiards table for charity.  
by mbreen 12.19.2014 127 days ago
Posted In: CEAs, Local Music, Live Music at 11:16 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Voting for the 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Starts Now

The ballot box is open for the public to vote for some of the best and brightest musical acts in Greater Cincinnati

The nominations for the 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, honoring Greater Cincinnati’s fantastic music scene, were announced Wednesday and now it’s your turn to weigh in.  Click here to go to the CEA ballot and vote now. The 18th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony/party, where the winners for each category will be announced and several acts will perform, returns to Covington’s Madison Theater on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. So far, Young Heirlooms, Injecting Strangers, Mad Anthony, The Cliftones and Buggs tha Rocka are confirmed to play the CEAs this year. Stay tuned for further info; tickets are available here. An educated voter is the best kind of voter, so why not actually check out some or all of the artists for whom you are voting? Below you will find links to the artists’ pages on the excellent local music site cincymusic.com (thanks, CIncyMusic!) featuring links, music, bios and more. (The final three “Critical Achievement” categories are not voted on by the public but rather the CEA nominating committee, but you should still totally check all of those acts out, too.)  Happy voting! Bluegrass: Comet Bluegrass Allstars Rumpke Mountain Boys My Brother’s Keeper Rattlesnakin’ Daddies The Missy Werner Band Mamadrones  Country:  Dallas Moore Bulletville Jeremy Pinnell Noah Smith 90 Proof Twang Pure Grain Folk/Americana:  Young Heirlooms Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle Elk Creek The Tillers Shiny and the Spoon World Music/Reggae:  The Cliftones Junya Be Lagniappe Baoku Moses & the Image Afro-beat Band Elementree Livity Project Keshvar Project Rock:  Honeyspiders Mad Anthony Wussy Buffalo Killers Pop Goes the Evil Frontier Folk Nebraska  Metal/Hard Rock:  Electric Citizen Winterhymn Chakras Valley of the Sun Zebras in Public Close to Home Singer/Songwriter:  Arlo McKinley Noah Smith Jody Stapleton Jeremy Pinnell Rob Fetters Molly Sullivan  Indie/Alternative:  DAAP Girls The Yugos PUBLIC The Hiders State Song Injecting Strangers Punk:  Tweens Subsets Kill City The Dopamines Black Planet Vacation Blues:  Ricky Nye The Whiskey Shambles Kelly Richey Noah Wotherspoon Sonny Moorman Group John Ford R&B/Funk/Soul:  The Almighty Get Down The Perfect Children Under New Order Ingrid Woode Freekbass & The Bump Assembly The Cincy Brass Jazz:  The Faux Frenchmen Phil DeGreg and Brasilia The Hot Magnolias Art & Science Blue Wisp Big Band Animal Mother Hip Hop:  Eugenius Eclipse Buggs tha Rocka Valley High Trademark Aaron Counterfeit Money Machine Electronic:  Ethosine Dream Tiger Playfully Yours Black Signal Dark Colour umin Best Live Act:  The Almighty Get Down Wussy Tweens Mad Anthony Young Heirlooms Injecting Strangers Best Music Video:  Wussy – “North Sea Girls” Rob Fetters – “Desire” Mad Anthony – “Sank for Days” Injecting Strangers – “Detroit” Sleep – “I Shot Lincoln” Tweens - “Forever” The Tillers – “Willy Dear” Trademark Aaron – “Gold” Critical Achievement Awards Album of the Year:  Tweens – Tweens Pop Goes the Evil – Love Stained Heart 500 Miles to Memphis – Stand There and Bleed Wussy – Attica! Rob Fetters – Saint Ain’t Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound – Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound The Almighty Get Down – People, This Is … Buffalo Killers – Heavy Reverie New Artist of the Year:  Dream Tiger Honeyspiders PRIM Elk Creek Leggy Noah Smith Artist of the Year:  Electric Citizen Tweens Mad Anthony Wussy The Tillers Buffalo Killers
 
 

MC Till and All That Jazz

Local Hip Hop artists teams with all-star group of area players for Jazz/Hip Hop album

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Saturday, local Hip Hop artist MC Till celebrates the release of his Jazz/Hip Hop fusion album, The Neighborhood, featuring veteran local artists like Ric Hordinski, John Von Ohlen, Steve Schmidt and more.  

Cincinnati Entertainment Award Nominees for 2015 Announced

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The nominations for the 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, honoring Greater Cincinnati's incredible local music scene, are ready and voting starts Friday.  
by Mike Breen 12.01.2014
Posted In: Live Music, Music Video, Local Music at 12:29 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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WATCH: Freekbass & the Bump Assembly’s “Never Enough” Video

Masterful Cincinnati Funk musician Freekbass and his band The Bump Assembly debuted their new music video for the track “Never Enough” this past weekend during a show at Newport’s Southgate House Revival (which also featured a reunion of Freekbass’ old crew, SHAG). This morning, the clip made its public debut.  The groovy video is the third one released from the most recent Freekbass album, Everybody’s Feelin’ Real (which you can stream/purchase here). The video was directed by Gary Templeton and features a cameo from Jennifer Hartswick, the singer/trumpeter for the Trey Anastasio Band, who provided vocals on “Never Enough.” The hard-touring Freekbass and The Bump Assembly (who play Brooklyn tomorrow night and a special unplugged session for Relix Magazine in New York City tomorrow afternoon) don’t currently have any local shows scheduled (though they will be in Louisville and Lexington right after Christmas), but keep an eye here for the latest show announcements. 
 
 

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